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Albania is still one of those nations that is off of the average person’s radar when it comes to holiday planning, but that may soon change. Although fairly isolated due to its location, the culture, spirit, and heritage of this nation is quite rich. It is also a place where your hard-earned money can stretch further than you might imagine during your next holiday.

Traditionally, Albania has been 70% Sunni Muslim, 10% Roman Catholic (mostly in the north) and 20% Albanian Orthodox, making it the only European country to have a Muslim majority. From 1967 to 1990 it was also the only officially atheist state in the world, and many churches were converted into cinemas and theatres.

The spiritual vacuum left after the fall of communism was in part being filled by US evangelists, but new churches and mosques were springing up all over the country.

The Numerous Ancient Ruins

Everyone loves a good set of ancient ruins. UNESCO has named many around the world as Heritage Sites to help protect them. Albania has several that are protected as well, but because of the isolation they aren’t as busy as other European locations. Imagine visiting a 13th century town in its authentic splendor for the cost of a sweet treat – and you’ll likely be the only people there too.

Incredible Castles

The castles of Albania seem like they belong in a detective story rather than a fairy tale, but that doesn’t change their splendor at all. Some are even completed restored to help visitors see the storied past that this nation has encountered. You’ll find castles on beaches, at mountain summits, and sometimes even in the middle of a grassy field surrounded by livestock.

Thousands of Bunkers

Albania was once ruled by a man named Enver Hoxha. This dictator was more than a little worried about someone trying to conquer his country, so he built almost 1 million concrete bunkers to provide a land-based defense against invading armies or falling nuclear weapons. These stand as just one interesting testament to the decades of Communist rule that can be experienced today.

Albania is easily one of the most diverse and tolerant nations in the world today, making it an inviting place to explore. If you’re ready to be an explorer instead of a tourist for your next holiday, then make this nation your planned destination. It’s a decision you’ll cherish forever.

Travel and vacation in Albania

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City Guides

Berat

#Berat Visit Berat Berat with 45.000 inhabitants is a city in south-central Albania, Berat is one of the world’s oldest continuously inhabited cities and you find...

Borsh

#Borsh Visit Borsh You’ll find Borsh in the heart of the Albanian Riviera. It may be a small community, but it is filled with numerous opportunities....

Dhermi

#Dhermi Visit Dhermi The beaches you’ll find in Dhermi stand out as some of the best you can find in all of Albania. It is one...

Durrës

#Durrës Visit Durrës The beaches of Durres seem to stretch on for an eternity and unlike other areas along the Albanian coast, they are fully developed....

Elbasan

#Elbasan Visit Elbasan   Travel to Elbasan, Albania Read about and get inspiration for a trip to the city, check for the cheapest flights and hotels in Elbasan...

Gjirokaster

#Gjirokaster Visit Gjirokaster Gjirokaster is one of those cities that is often overlooked by the casual traveler. Once you see its many wonders and natural beauty,...

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Coronavirus & travel restrictions Albania

#Coronavirus Albania Coronavirus status - Albania How is the coronavirus situation in Albania ? See the statistics for the country in confirmed and present active Covid-19...

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Weather and forecast

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Largest cities

See the list of the largest and most important cities in the country, and the size of the cities by population.

Important: the informations are from various external sources. If you are using the informations professional please seek official confirmation whether the figures are actual or not. Last update august 2017

RankNamePop.
1Tirana622.190
2Durrës203.917
3Vlorë135.032
4Elbasan124.179
5Shkodër111.686
6Korçë86.994
7Fier84.638
8Kamëz81.688
9Berat63.132
10Lushnjë53.507
11Sarandë40.736
12Paskuqan39.553
13Kavajë39.478
14Pogradec38.642
15Gjirokastër33.346

Official National Holidays

Below you can see the list with official national holidays in the country.

DateEnglish nameAlbanian nameRemarks
01 01New Year's DayViti i RiFixed
02 01New Year's DayViti i RiFixed
14 03Summer DayDita e VerësFixed
NovruzNowruzDita e Sulltan NevruzitVariable
Easter Monday - CatholicCatholic EasterPashkët KatolikeVariable
Easter Monday - OrthodoxOrthodox EasterPashkët OrtodokseVariable
01 05May DayDita Ndërkombëtare e PunonjësveFixed
Eid ul-FitrEid ul-FitrBajrami i Madh (Fitër Bajrami)Variable
Eid ul-AdhaEid ul-AdhaBajrami i Vogël (Kurban Bajrami)Variable
19 10Mother Teresa DayDita e Nënë TerezësFixed
28 11Independence DayDita e PavarësisëFixed
29 11Liberation DayDita e ÇlirimitFixed
08 12Youth DayDita Kombëtare e RinisëFixed
25 12ChristmasKrishtlindjetFixed

Best of Albania

Lying across the Adriatic Sea from Italy, Albania is a southeastern European country of astounding natural beauty that includes rolling plains and beautiful beaches. This Balkan nation is bordered by Greece to the south, Macedonia to the east, Kosovo to the northeast and Montenegro to the northwest. Albania Holidays have risen in popularity in recent years as increasing numbers of tourists have discovered the country’s delights. Tirana is the capital and is in the north-central part of the country; it has interesting cultural and historical attractions, and is a great place to explore. Albania’s only international airport, Tirana International Airport Nene Tereza, is named after the late missionary nun Mother Teresa, who was ethnic Albanian

Culture

The culture of Albania is majorly influenced by that of the mainland Greeks especially in the urban locality; nodding one’s head means ‘no’ where as shaking the head means ‘yes’. To greet someone, handshaking is preferred, though Shoku (Comrade) was used before, which has been long forgotten now. People dress informally here. Swim suits are meant for the beaches, otherwise women are expected not to dress in a revealing outfit. When addressing someone prefix Zoti(Mr) or Zonja(Mrs) before the name and always remember to carry some gifts when visiting someone, although flowers aren’t much acceptable. The guests are served with coffee, raki or sweets. Smokers don’t have to worry much, but they should avoid it where they see a sign of Ndalohet Duhani or Ndalohet pirja e duhanit.

Travelling in Albania

Buses with relatively cheap fares operate in the main cities of the country or taxis are another choice which provided service for some main hotels.
Visit Dajti Mountain and experience Dajti Ekspres Cable car for an unforgettable 15 minute ride passing through Dajt Oark to reach Tirana. The route is about 4.2 km long and the ride costs €6.5.Alpha Yachting provides crewed yacht which is a luxury in itself. Tirana Bank is the best place for withdrawing money as it allows access to Visa cards.

Getting There

One of the best and the easiest means is to go by air. Albanian Airlines is the national airline which works in collaboration with Tyrolean Airways, and provides service to almost all the big European cities. The airport, Mother Teresa, is 16 miles or 26 km away from the capital. A tourist bus is available every 3 hrs to get to the city center and takes about 30 minutes to get there. Taxis are available round the clock. While waiting for any transport service, tourists can check out the duty free shops, bank, eateries and car hire at the airport.

If trying to get there by sea, try the ferry services which are provided by Adriatic Line and Agoudimos. The main ports are Durres (has ferry connection to Italy, Bari, Brindisi, Trieste, and Ancona), Vlora (has ferry connection to Bari, and Brindisi), Saranda (has connection to Corfu), Shen Gjini (has ferry connection to Bari). Check out www.adriatica.it and www.aqoudimos-lines.com for more information.

Bus is another option. Buses start from Istanbul, Athens and Sofia. Internal passengers have lots of options with bus services provided.

Interesting sights and cities

There are great places to stay during your Albania holidays, starting with the capital, Tirana. The sole international airport is just 20 minutes outside the city, making Tirana a natural choice for many visitors, whether staying there or moving later to other parts of the country. The Albanian Riviera is a stunning location, with mountainous areas sweeping down to the sea, and is the choice of lots of tourists as it has wonderful beach resorts all along it. The city of Berat in the south-central part of the country is another good choice. Known as the ‘City of a Thousand Windows’, the old part of the town is World Heritage-listed

Tirana

Tirana is the capital of Albania and has a population of a little over 300,000. The city is an eclectic mix of traditional European structures, soviet style five story buildings and mid-east influenced architecture. Relatively small, Tirana is a city with a small town feel.

Korca – Rugs, Rugs, Rugs

Korca is a city located in the east of Albania close to the border of Greece. Built high up on a plateau, Korca is a must see if you love Turkish style rugs and carpets. The entire city seems to be devoted to the manufacture and sale of every size, color and type of rug. If you’re staying overnight, Hotel Iliria is your best option.

Petrela Castle

Dating back to 500 AD, Petrela Castle is an ancient structure, which is in relatively good shape considering the history attached to it. At one time or another, Petrela was the primary defense of the city of Durres. It has been held, used and conquered by Romans, Greeks, Turks and other. Seriously off the beaten path, getting to Petrela requires a sturdy Jeep or Landcruiser. It is a very bumpy road, but the view is more than worth it.

Albanian Riviera

If you’re spending your Albania holidays on the Riviera, you’ll find it’s like the more famous French Riviera – only better. It’s cheaper, the beaches are more beautiful and the locals are friendlier! Among the most stunning beaches along the coast are those at Ksamil, Himara and Borshi.

National Historical Museum

Visit the National Historical Museum in Tirana and get a flavour of the country’s heritage and past. It’s the biggest museum in the country and has a large amount of items of archaeological interest.

Butrint National Park

Butrint National Park in the far southwest is well worth a visit. It’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is an area of archaeological importance. A number of ancient structures are still standing, including a Roman theatre, city walls and a basilica.

The National Art Gallery of Albania is another worthwhile stop on the tourist trail, and should not be missed. It’s also in the capital and has thousands of works of art by Albanian and foreign artists.

Lake Skadar

Lake Skadar is the largest lake in the Balkan Peninsula and is an extremely picturesque setting. About one-third of it is in Albania and the rest is over the border in Montenegro. There’s lots of wildlife in the area, including rare European pelicans.

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Albania Covid-19 / Coronavirus

Albania
110,521
Total confirmed cases
Updated on
Albania
35,792
Total active cases
Updated on
Country/Region
Confirmed cases
Deaths
Active cases
Afghanistan
55,933
2,449
4,122
Albania
110,521
1,876
35,792
Algeria
113,761
3,002
32,087
Andorra
10,948
112
276
Angola
20,923
510
904
Anguilla
18
0
0
Antigua and Barbuda
769
19
441
Argentina
2,126,531
52,453
152,489
Armenia
173,307
3,208
6,014
Aruba
7,973
75
174
Australia
29,007
909
1,912
Austria
467,646
8,652
21,792
Azerbaijan
235,647
3,232
3,148
Bahamas
8,573
181
994
Bahrain
124,269
458
6,785
Bangladesh
548,549
8,435
39,646
Barbados
3,163
37
520
Belarus
291,621
2,011
7,571
Belgium
777,608
22,169
702,576
Belize
12,328
315
118
Benin
6,071
75
1,033
Bermuda
718
12
21
Bhutan
867
1
1
Bolivia
251,391
11,734
44,558
Bosnia
134,892
5,200
12,049
Botswana
31,746
359
4,627
Brazil
10,722,221
259,402
871,229
British Virgin Islands
153
1
21
Brunei
187
3
3
Bulgaria
253,183
10,413
33,770
Burkina Faso
12,071
143
271
Burundi
2,240
3
1,464
Cabo Verde
15,558
150
487
Cambodia
909
0
425
Cameroon
35,714
551
2,569
Canada
877,260
22,134
29,885
Caribbean Netherlands
429
4
23
Cayman Islands
447
2
30
Central African Republic
5,004
63
21
Chad
4,056
140
374
Channel Islands
4,040
86
10
Chile
840,119
20,838
25,462
China
89,943
4,636
177
Colombia
2,262,646
60,082
42,009
Comoros
3,580
144
67
Congo
8,820
128
1,673
Costa Rica
205,890
2,824
18,021
Croatia
244,872
5,564
3,558
Cuba
53,308
336
4,631
Curaçao
4,740
22
60
Cyprus
35,620
232
33,331
Czechia
1,284,288
21,128
158,568
Côte d'Ivoire
33,285
194
1,054
DRC
26,340
711
5,028
Denmark
213,318
2,374
7,010
Diamond Princess
712
13
0
Djibouti
6,102
63
119
Dominica
144
0
14
Dominican Republic
241,392
3,139
43,600
Ecuador
289,735
15,959
25,878
Egypt
184,168
10,822
31,191
El Salvador
60,491
1,887
2,265
Equatorial Guinea
6,210
93
427
Eritrea
2,892
7
501
Estonia
70,610
623
16,627
Ethiopia
161,974
2,391
23,140
Falkland Islands (Malvinas)
54
0
3
Faroe Islands
658
1
0
Fiji
63
2
7
Finland
60,200
764
13,436
France
3,835,595
87,835
3,485,070
French Guiana
16,627
85
6,547
French Polynesia
18,452
140
13,470
Gabon
15,254
88
1,671
Gambia
4,735
151
473
Georgia
271,872
3,553
2,238
Germany
2,476,384
71,819
121,165
Ghana
84,750
620
5,206
Gibraltar
4,243
93
23
Greece
199,496
6,632
21,967
Greenland
30
0
0
Grenada
148
1
0
Guadeloupe
10,149
162
7,745
Guatemala
176,250
6,427
6,814
Guinea
16,291
92
1,131
Guinea-Bissau
3,282
48
610
Guyana
8,648
199
406
Haiti
12,536
250
2,458
Holy See (Vatican City State)
27
0
12
Honduras
172,100
4,214
100,647
Hong Kong
11,056
201
262
Hungary
446,178
15,476
102,566
Iceland
6,058
29
11
India
11,173,567
157,584
177,965
Indonesia
1,361,098
36,897
147,845
Iran
1,665,103
60,431
183,714
Iraq
713,994
13,507
50,472
Ireland
221,649
4,396
193,889
Isle of Man
546
25
105
Israel
791,319
5,815
42,276
Italy
2,999,119
98,974
446,439
Jamaica
24,444
436
10,139
Japan
435,548
8,052
12,722
Jordan
413,350
4,833
51,869
Kazakhstan
214,806
2,540
13,540
Kenya
107,329
1,870
18,360
Kuwait
196,497
1,105
12,071
Kyrgyzstan
86,410
1,468
1,567
Lao People's Democratic Republic
45
0
3
Latvia
88,668
1,666
9,172
Lebanon
386,868
4,919
81,026
Lesotho
10,521
305
6,328
Liberia
2,017
85
48
Libyan Arab Jamahiriya
136,587
2,233
10,577
Liechtenstein
2,582
54
41
Lithuania
200,884
3,294
10,853
Luxembourg
56,110
647
3,018
MS Zaandam
9
2
0
Macao
48
0
1
Macedonia
105,269
3,165
8,162
Madagascar
19,831
297
238
Malawi
32,283
1,058
10,643
Malaysia
307,943
1,153
23,161
Maldives
20,447
64
2,671
Mali
8,446
357
1,671
Malta
23,588
325
3,128
Marshall Islands
4
0
0
Martinique
6,818
46
6,674
Mauritania
17,252
442
190
Mauritius
619
10
21
Mayotte
18,054
112
14,978
Mexico
2,104,987
188,044
266,713
Micronesia
1
0
0
Moldova
191,197
4,049
18,347
Monaco
1,981
26
201
Mongolia
3,076
2
659
Montenegro
78,060
1,039
8,844
Montserrat
20
1
6
Morocco
485,147
8,669
5,545
Mozambique
61,170
674
16,220
Myanmar
142,000
3,200
7,229
Namibia
39,466
436
1,987
Nepal
274,381
2,778
998
Netherlands
1,105,544
15,730
1,089,814
New Caledonia
58
0
0
New Zealand
2,389
26
68
Nicaragua
6,489
174
2,090
Niger
4,740
172
318
Nigeria
156,960
1,939
19,209
Norway
73,285
632
6,639
Oman
142,896
1,583
7,822
Pakistan
585,435
13,076
17,117
Palestine
191,203
2,091
17,794
Panama
342,741
5,884
7,912
Papua New Guinea
1,365
14
505
Paraguay
162,871
3,239
23,266
Peru
1,344,969
47,089
47,833
Philippines
584,667
12,404
37,226
Poland
1,750,659
44,649
257,391
Portugal
807,456
16,458
63,945
Qatar
165,546
260
10,216
Romania
816,589
20,684
46,232
Russia
4,290,135
87,823
332,455
Rwanda
19,198
265
1,364
Réunion
13,125
59
1,110
S. Korea
91,240
1,619
7,459
Saint Kitts and Nevis
41
0
1
Saint Lucia
3,803
39
540
Saint Martin
1,571
12
160
Saint Pierre Miquelon
24
0
8
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
1,645
8
688
Samoa
3
0
1
San Marino
3,867
75
431
Sao Tome and Principe
1,881
30
381
Saudi Arabia
378,708
6,514
2,581
Senegal
35,037
896
4,521
Serbia
474,807
4,508
69,952
Seychelles
2,890
13
345
Sierra Leone
3,900
79
1,169
Singapore
59,998
29
112
Sint Maarten
2,065
27
20
Slovakia
317,159
7,560
54,299
Slovenia
193,285
3,878
10,897
Solomon Islands
18
0
4
Somalia
7,850
274
3,675
South Africa
1,516,262
50,366
31,124
South Sudan
8,414
100
3,997
Spain
3,142,358
70,501
349,553
Sri Lanka
84,610
489
3,285
St. Barth
638
1
175
Sudan
28,545
1,895
3,566
Suriname
8,953
173
341
Swaziland
17,103
652
1,499
Sweden
680,130
12,977
667,153
Switzerland
561,068
10,019
34,251
Syrian Arab Republic
15,753
1,045
4,669
Taiwan
960
9
23
Tajikistan
13,308
90
0
Tanzania
509
21
305
Thailand
26,162
85
515
Timor-Leste
113
0
23
Togo
7,188
85
1,185
Trinidad and Tobago
7,723
139
99
Tunisia
235,008
8,074
26,705
Turkey
2,746,158
28,839
116,182
Turks and Caicos Islands
2,132
14
178
UAE
402,205
1,286
13,641
UK
4,201,358
124,025
980,769
USA
29,469,081
531,951
8,932,669
Uganda
40,426
334
25,040
Ukraine
1,374,762
26,591
161,298
Uruguay
60,074
624
7,472
Uzbekistan
80,035
622
826
Vanuatu
1
0
0
Venezuela
140,383
1,358
6,522
Vietnam
2,488
35
533
Wallis and Futuna
9
0
2
Western Sahara
10
1
1
Yemen
2,375
645
295
Zambia
80,687
1,109
3,080
Zimbabwe
36,179
1,478
1,309
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